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optimal play
Member since Oct-28-11
"Optimal Play" is when both sides make their best move at each turn, or one of equally good alternatives.

Favourite openings:

Ruy Lopez (C60)

Pirc (B07)

Nimzo-Indian (E20)

Interest in colonial Australian chess.

Favourite players from that era:

Andrew Burns

Charles Marshall Fisher

Henry Charlick

Louis Goldsmith

Frederick Karl Esling

"May everyone, not only in the game of Chess, but the game of life, know how to make the next best move." - Chess Club Toast

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   optimal play has kibitzed 7648 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-27-22 J Belcher vs W McArthur, 1895
 
optimal play: This is a risky defence against the Scotch. I think it's the Pulling counter-attack. Instead of 6...Kd8 I think black needs to play 6...Bb4+ It's a disastrous opening for McArthur and by 13...Qa3 he will not return.
 
   Nov-22-22 C Purdy vs M E Goldstein, 1937 (replies)
 
optimal play: 23...Qxd1+!? 36...Rxb4? Black rolled the dice and lost. Goldstein was hoping for 37.Qxb4 Nf2+ 38.Kd4 Rd1+ 39.Kc5 Bd6+ wins But the offered sacrifice of rook for knight was too obvious. Purdy saw the trap and responded correctly with 37.e3! This game was the culmination of ...
 
   Nov-20-22 Carlsen vs So, 2022
 
optimal play: <beatgiant: <Bishoprick> 24...Nxc4 25. Qxb7 threatens both Qxa6 and Qd5+ forking king and knight, so White will immediately win back the piece.> Be that as it may, it was probably So's least worst move. e.g. 24...Nxc4 25.Qxb7 Rfa8 26.Qd5+ Kg7 27.Qxc4 ⩲ ...
 
   Nov-20-22 Cecil Purdy
 
optimal play: <<<<<<CHESS CHAMPION.> PURDY DEFEATS GOLDSTEIN.> Exciting Final Game.> (BY OUR SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE.)> ADELAIDE, Sunday. — By defeating Goldstein (Victoria) in the sixth game of the Australian championship chess match, Purdy (N.S.W.) scored ...
 
   Nov-18-22 L Steiner vs J W Pitcher, 1937
 
optimal play: Thank you <0ZeR0>. I'm glad some members enjoy it. When I had more time awhile ago I uploaded some of the old games to complete the old championship matches and tournaments. If I get more time in the future I'll recommence uploading more of those games, but in the ...
 
   Nov-14-22 S Wagman vs E Joppen, 1977 (replies)
 
optimal play: This is not exactly the same as my old pun but at least Chessgames got it right on this one. S Wagman vs O Jakobsen, 2005 (kibitz #9) Stuart Wagman has over 200 games in the database of which he won 42 so that still leaves at least 40 games for which a variation on this ...
 
   Nov-13-22 D Armstrong vs H Falconer, 1947
 
optimal play: 10...Qh5? Instead 10...Bxc3 is an even game. 11.d5! 12.Nxb5? is a strange follow-up. 12...Qxd5?? is even stranger. Black should have just taken the knight. This game was played in the fifth round of the New South Wales Chess Championship at the Russian Social Club in Sydney
 
   Nov-05-22 H Klass vs C Purdy, 1945
 
optimal play: 20...Qd7? Better might have been 20...Qb6 then push the b-pawn. 24...f6? 25.exf6! 27...Kf7? This game was played in the 2nd round of the New South Wales State Chess Championship on 26th April 1945. Klass finished =3rd and Purdy was =5th. The winner was Lajos Steiner; his ...
 
   Oct-30-22 playground player chessforum (replies)
 
optimal play: <playground player: <optimal play> It's not that I'm uninterested. I just don't know what's going on. All of this business has just sailed right past me without my noticing.> You haven't missed anything important. Just a couple of knuckleheads named Zanzy & Alan ...
 
   Oct-30-22 gezafan chessforum (replies)
 
optimal play: <gezafan: Racist mass murderer and BLM activist Darrell Brooks has been found guilty of intentional homicide. The liberal mainstream media refuses to discuss his motive, which was to attack White people.> https://www.churchmilitant.com/news... <Hate-crime legislation, ...
 
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